I have no idea how I’ve gone 27 years without ever seeing The Princess Bride, but alas, somehow a viewing had previously escaped me. It’s not that I was adverse to seeing it, the film always looked interesting but for some reason I just kept putting it off (sidenote: I also own and have not read the book). After months of being made fun of by Andrew, plus a really lucky Black Friday deal ($3.99 blu-ray on Amazon, WOOHOO), the fates aligned and I made it a priority to sit down and see what all the fuss is about. So, from the eyes of an outsider who never previously appreciated the film and lacks the nostalgic love that all of my friends have for it, I can honestly say I LOVED IT TO PIECES.
Apparently, people have been quoting The Princess Bride in my presence and making references around me for my whole life which I never understood until I sat through the end credits. I feel like the world makes so much more sense now (also, Andrew cannot make fun of me anymore, which is nice!). I can’t believe that I missed out on this quotable gem for the past 27 years. I’m feeling like there will be may re-watches in my near future. My only gripe with the film is that while Westley is being attacked by the rodents of unusual size in the Fire Swamp, Buttercup doesn’t even try to help him grab his sword. I mean, he just dove into quicksand and pulled you out with a tree branch to save your life, so maybe you could’ve exerted the slightest bit of effort. But besides that, this film is so enchanting! It’s a fairy tale with sword fights, pirates, a desire for revenge, unexpected twists, and of course, an adorable love story.
I loved each character in the film and I wanted the villains to suffer for their wrongdoings. About 10 minutes into the movie is when I started shouting predictions and Andrew tried to shush me. I have to hand it to him, he did a wonderful job of not spoiling anything despite my incessant questions. My favorite aspect was the humor because it was so spot on and it definitely stands the test of time. I also really enjoyed the storytelling method which reminded me of Edward Scissorhands. The little boy’s comments and emotions throughout the tale were similar to mine (except that I would scream “makeout!” instead of “ew kissing!” when I thought it was about to happen). I love the fashion worn in the film and I have a strong tendency to love pirate stories (cough*Peter Pan*cough) so The Princess Bride is right up my alley. I even suggested to Andrew that we should possibly cosplay as Westley and Buttercup!
What are your thoughts on The Princess Bride? Am I the only one who has been deprived of seeing it all these years?